See below our recent reports on climate adaptation and flooding.
Weathering the Storm: Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Existing Communities (January 2019): by Natalia Moudrak and Dr. Blair Feltmate. This report outlines a range of solutions that can be deployed practically and cost-effectively within communities to reduce flood risk. It also introduces a new prioritization framework for selecting areas within communities that should be targeted for retrofits. The report will inform the development of a new National Standard of Canada. Click here for an infographic about the report.
Too Small to Fail: Protecting Canadian Communities from Floods (November 2018): by Dr. Blair Feltmate and Anna Fluder. This report showcases practical actions that communities and organizations (i.e. municipal governments, non-governmental organizations, conservation authorities) could engage to limit flood risk at a local or community scale.
Combatting Canada’s Rising Flood Costs: Natural infrastructure is an underutilized option (September 2018): by Natalia Moudrak and Dr. Blair Feltmate. The key message of the report is Canada cannot afford to lose more natural infrastructure assets, like wetlands and ponds in its overall effort to limit the growing costs of floods, droughts and other natural disasters. Click here for an infographic about the report.
After the Flood: The Impact of Climate Change on Mental Health and Lost Time From Work (June 2018): by Dana Decent and Dr. Blair Feltmate. The report profiles the results of 100 door-to-door interviews with households in flooded communities, identifying health impacts and financial costs such as lost time from work. Click here for an infographic about the report.
Disaster Risk Reduction Applied to Canadian Residential Housing: Interim Report on the Home Flood Protection Program (November 2017): by Dr. Blair Feltmate, Cheryl Evans and Natalia Moudrak. The interim report profiles the fundamental components of the Home Flood Protection Program, and key findings to date regarding the most effective means to engage homeowners in flood protection.
Preventing Disaster Before It Strikes: Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Residential Communities (September 2017): by Natalia Moudrak and Dr. Blair Feltmate. The report outlines 20 best practices to design and build new residential communities that are more flood-resilient. Click here for an infographic about the report.
When the Big Storms Hit: the Role of Wetlands to Limit Urban and Rural Flood Damage (July 2017): by Natalia Moudrak, Anne-Marie Hutter, and Dr. Blair Feltmate. The report finds that leaving wetlands in their natural state could reduce the financial costs of flooding by nearly 40 per cent.
Climate Change and the Preparedness of Canadian Provinces and Yukon to Limit Potential Flood Damage (October 2016): by Dr. Blair Feltmate and Marina Moudrak – a survey of 103 government representatives across 91 provincial and territorial ministries, departments and agencies between December 2015 and April 2016. Surveys focused on the preparedness of provinces and Yukon to limit flood damage relative to current and future major rainfall events.
Alberta Adapts to a Changing Climate (March 2016): by Dr. Blair Feltmate – a report prepared for the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), summarizing outcomes of the Adaptation Leaders’ Round Table Forum held in Edmonton, January 20th.